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"Excelsior" by Balfe on Orchestrelle Music Roll
By William Edgerton

In response to Peter Clarke's quest for a Balfe roll of "Excelsior"
[141110 MMDigest], Mechanical Music Library Int'l., Inc., has an
original catalog titled

  "Catalog of all 65 & 88-note Music Rolls Issued for the
   Pianola and Pianola Piano Up to July, 1914, published by
   The Orchestrelle Co., London."

In it is one entry for Balfe's "Excelsior": a 65-note accompaniment
roll marked "Duet for high and low voices."  There is no mention of
this piece in any of the ten reproducing piano formats in Sitsky's
"Classical Reproducing Roll" 2-volume set published by Greenwood Press
in 1990.  I hope this information will be of some help.

The non-profit Mechanical Music Library, Int'l., Inc., will be
described in more detail in a descriptive notice soon to come to MMD.
In the meantime, you can visit 
for more information.

Bill Edgerton
Darien, Connecticut

(Message sent Fri 14 Nov 2014, 01:34:06 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

Key Words in Subject:  Balfe, Excelsior, Music, Orchestrelle, Roll

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